Letter: Royal rebuke

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The republicanism to which you are committed may seem an honourable point of view, even to loyal monarchists. It is scarcely honourable, however, to subject the life of an elderly lady to the unrelieved contempt of Penelope Mortimer's "A nation seduced for 96 years" (4 August), published on the Queen Mother's birthday. Had the victim been anyone else, its spitefulness would have been even more apparent.

Geoffrey Strickland

University of Reading